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Poster: Caitlin Olson Date: Apr 17, 2018 2:41pm
Forum: news Subject: National Council on Public History: Archiving the 1 October web

Tragedy struck Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1, 2017, when a gunman opened fire onto a crowd of twenty-two thousand people attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival, injuring over five hundred people and killing fifty-eight. Overnight, Las Vegas became the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Like others across the nation, the staff in the Special Collections and Archives of UNLV’s University Libraries were shocked and horrified in those first few hours, and we checked in with our colleagues and loved ones to make sure they were safe. The next day, we wondered what we could do to help. Reflecting on our mission to document southern Nevada, we realized that we had a critical responsibility to preserve this history—the voices of the survivors, first responders, and communities who rushed to our support—so that we could study, remember, and reflect on it later.

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